Monthly Reflection – October 2017 – ‘What are you doing with your talents?’

Have you ever wondered what talents you have? The different talents one has are very important for society. Why is this?

The reason is that society is in need of listening to the Word of God, of seeing people loving their neighbour and proclaiming the Good News and to bring peace to all. The different talents one has are there to be used in a creative way for the good of mankind from which society will surely benefit.

Christians, here have an important part to play in life. God gave each human being special talents. Christians have a special grace and responsibility to use such talents not only for the benefit of oneself, but for the whole of society. These talents are there to be used to bring peace, hope, comfort to society and above all to evangelize, that is to bring Christ to all the nations.

The Parable of the Bags of Gold (Matthew 25:14-30) is all about that. How are we using our talents? Do we find time to use our talents to proclaim the Good News? Are we taking initiatives to develop our talents further and let God to use us as His instrument to bring forth His love to all nations?

In my opinion, we really should think about our own talents and how we are using them for the benefit of society. I think we spend too much time blaming society for the problems and different difficult situations one has to live with. How about as Christians and other people of good faith, to take up the challenge to use their talents for the benefit of society. This way society can be a better place to live in, once God is more accepted and followed by the people.

Our talents, which God has trusted us with, are of a great need to society. So, what are you doing with your talents?

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – September 2017 – ‘In the image of God’

Have you ever heard that man is in the image of God? When I heard this for the first time and I pondered about the meaning of it, I really could see how much God loves me in a personal way. God loves me so much that he made me in His own image.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 6 verse 355 explains that, ‘God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Man occupies a unique place in creation: (I) he is “in the image of God”; (II) in his own nature he unites the spiritual and material worlds; (III) he is created “male and female”; (IV) God established him in his friendship.’

Furthermore, verse 357 explains that, ‘Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead.’

The above are powerful words that really helps me in my faith and to follow Christ. Christ loves me just the way I am. He loves me for whom I am. His love for me is so great that He wants this personal relationship with me. I am to freely give myself to Him, just the way I am… for I am in the image of God.

Being in His image, I have realised that what is important in my life is to love Him… to love my neighbour… to be who I am by giving myself to others, through the love and grace of God.

Being in the image of God, through His love and grace, I am called to bring His joy and peace to others. I am called to be an instrument of love where there is hatred, to help the poor and needy, to comfort those who are burdened.

I have realised that accepting myself of being in the image of God, I have become a fulfilled person and experience His love. You are also in the image of God.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – August 2017 – ‘All Christians need to work more together’

For sure most of the readers have heard the term Ecumenism. Briefly, ecumenism refers to the different efforts undertaken by Christians who pertain to various church traditions, to work and develop a closer relationship and better understanding between them.

Ecumenism normally relates to the different dialogues undertaken between the various Christian churches with the hope of reaching unity amongst them. All this is very positive and highly recommended to continue and to develop further. Ecumenism brings hope to all Christians of good faith that someday unity may prevail.

However, through ecumenism, society is now hoping to experience the fruits of such dialogues between different churches. Society requires that Christians go beyond dialogue in attempting to reach unity; society requires the efforts of all Christians together, in spite of the distinction of the different Christian churches, to work together in unity for the benefit of society. Society is in need of having Christians being united and bringing Christ to the people.

It is very painful to see different Christian churches not joining efforts to do acts of love to their neighbour, whoever he may be. Whenever Christian churches join together (while respecting their difference in opinion, tradition etc.) to concretely help those around them, that is when true unity is done, that is when Jesus is fully proclaimed to the people, to society.

If truly, Christians belonging to different churches want to see a change in society, want to see Jesus proclaimed to society, first and foremost Christians are to join their efforts together, to do projects together, to share the Good News together, and bring the Gospel to every corner of the world. This is what Jesus wants and desires for society.

I am convinced that this is possible, that Christians of different churches can come together to share the Good News. I have especially experienced this in the late 80’s to mid 90’ when I used to evangelize together with a Catholic youth group and later with a Catholic missionary group I used to form part of. There were occasions when we used to evangelize in the streets of Germany and in other European countries, and in certain occasions we joined forces with other Christian groups belonging to a different church. I recall the times when we used to share to the people the Good News together, together pray with the people on the streets and together bring healing to their lives. All we did was to let go of the differences between us as Christians coming from different churches. When we evangelized, we let Jesus be present amongst us through the unity that was created, and through the Holy Spirit we evangelized to the people and brought Jesus to them.

Christian unity is possible. Society is waiting for Christians to take the step to be united and spread the Good News.

(This month’s reflection is an extract from my latest new book ‘Waking up the sleeping giant)

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – July 2017 – ‘A marriage in God’s plan’

Recently I was reading some parts of the ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’. I was struck by a particular paragraph 1605 which states the following:-

Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” i.e., his counterpart, his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

The above paragraph made me thank the Lord for the upbringing my parents gave me. Through the love my mother and father gave me, I could really experience the love of the Father, the Creator. God’s plan for my life was possible through the oneness of my mother and father. Together as one, my mother and father gave me the love presented to them by the Father.

‘Yes Lord, I do thank you for the marriage of my parents, for through them I was a gift in their lives, a gift to all the family. Lord, over the years I have realised how important my mother and father were in my life. They expressed to me how much you love me in a personal way’.

As the Holy Scripture affirms that a man and woman were created for one another, through the upbringing of my parents and through my relationship with Jesus, I came to understand more the value that a marriage in God’s plan is between a man and a woman. I thank you Lord that through my mother and father you transmitted to me the precious love of the Father.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – June 2017 – ‘Every person in every corner of the world is in need of evangelization’

Do you know that the Gospel is to be spread all over the world… that is, to every person and in every corner of the world? The need to evangelize is immense. It is not only the people who have not heard of the Gospel that need to be evangelized, but also Christians that have left their faith, are lukewarm towards God. These Christians need to be re-evangelized, need to be reached in a new loving way.

Through evangelization, everybody is to be reached. Every person in the world must have the opportunity to be evangelized. God loves every person, and so every person deserves to know the Gospel, to know that God loves him in a personal way. There is no exception to this, there are no excuses that in certain areas and places evangelization could not take place. There are no exceptions, either, to skin colour or race… Everyone, everyone must have the opportunity to know about the Gospel and to know that God loves them.

So who is going to evangelize these people? Every Christian that is baptised through the Holy Spirit is practically called and is responsible to evangelize. There is an opportunity to share about God’s love through our daily actions. We are to share His love at our work place, in our families, at our church gatherings, in the suburbs, to the prisoners, the sick, and so on. So there are no excuses that as Christians we do not know who to evangelize, because the opportunity is always there… it all depends on whether we take up this challenge and do it out of His love for others. Evangelization is a vital aspect of a Christian’s life. If you do it in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, then you can be a living testimony, a witness of His love.

(This month’s reflection is an extract from my book ‘Evangelization through social networking sites’)

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – May 2017 – ‘Living our morals and values’

Recently I was wondering about how can the world be in peace? How can I actually love my neighbour? What must one do to fully live one’s Christianity?

There are many ways and means of how the above can be achieved. But as I was deeply thinking and reflecting about life, what came to my mind was that the above questions can be achieved if one lives the Christian morals and values.

Christian morals and values revolve around spiritual devotion, devotion to the family unit and church family, charity work and respect for and promotion of human dignity. If only each Christian had to fully live these morals and values it would be possible to live in peace, it would be easy to love your neighbour, one would really be living Christianity to the full.

But why is it that certain Christians do not live up to these morals and values? Many reasons could lead to such a situation, but the main reason in my opinion, is that there would not be a personal relationship with Jesus in one’s life. Having this personal relationship with Jesus, experiencing His love in a personal way, and giving oneself to the loving Father, would result that the person would fully live the Christian morals and values.  Having this personal relationship with Jesus, would strengthen the spirituality of the person’s life by going against the currents of today’s world, and be able to say ‘yes’ and live the Christian morals and values through peace and grace by the Lord.

So, this is my encouragement to all who want peace in their lives. Seek the relationship with Jesus, let Him mould you into His image… and He will give you the strength to live the Christian morals and values to the full.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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Monthly Reflection – April 2017 – ‘Through the Cross we are saved’

During this time of the year, every Christian reflects more deeply about the Cross. The Cross that Jesus died on… the Cross that brought us Salvation. Through the Resurrection of Jesus the Cross paved the way for us to be saved. The Cross is the love of Jesus for all mankind.

On the Cross Jesus did not die only for Christians, but He died for all mankind, even if a person is an unbeliever or belonging to another faith, Jesus died for that person. Jesus is Love, and on the Cross He expressed His love through the suffering He went through, to bring us Salvation by the Resurrection.

This is what every Christian is responsible for, to preach, to share with other people, to be Jesus to others, to explain the Cross to all mankind. All mankind is to know about the Cross, as it is through the Cross that one can draw closer to Jesus.

Christians living this experience of knowing they are saved through the Cross are to be another Jesus to others. Through the help of Jesus, Christians are to carry the Cross in their daily lives and be witnesses to others. Christians are to show the world that through the Cross we are saved.

Are you letting Jesus to carry your cross in your live and show you the way to Salvation?

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
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